Each year on 14 October, the members of IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has begun. Just as standards were crucial during the first industrial revolution, over 250 years ago, they will also play a critical role in the fourth. Today, standards will once more play a key role in the transition to a new era. The speed of change we are witnessing would not be possible without them. Innovators rely on International Standards, like those produced by IEC, ISO and ITU, to ensure compatibility and interoperability, so that new technologies can be seamlessly adopted. They are also a vehicle to spread knowledge and innovation globally.
In order to seize the full potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the betterment of society, standards are needed.
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